Google Pixel foldable smartphone similar to Oppo Find N design detected in Android 12L Beta

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta January 13, 2022
Updated 2022/01/13 at 2:29 PM

Google’s Pixel foldable smartphone is rumored to have been in the works for some time. The company has yet to announce details about the smartphone, but the device was spotted on Geekbench last week under the codename “Pipit” and its performance specs suggested it could be powered by the company’s Tensor chip. After the second beta of Android 12L was released on Wednesday, a new animation was seen suggesting that the company’s foldable smartphone might resemble the just-released Oppo Find N.

Two new animations in the recent beta of Android 12L, identified by 9to5Google, show a folding device reminiscent of the new Oppo Find N folding smartphone. The illustrations show a SIM tray at the bottom and a volume button on the right side. It’s worth noting that previous leaks and renders have suggested that Google’s Pixel foldable smartphone could resemble Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3. However, when unfolded, the smartphone shown in the animation appears to have a wider screen than Samsung’s offering.

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The Android 12L beta animation showing a foldable Pixel smartphone
Photo credit: 9to5Google

These animations were added to the second Android 12L beta, and their appearance suggests that the company is still working on a foldable smartphone. According to the report, the illustrations suggest a similar aspect ratio to the Oppo Find N (8.4:9) when unfolded, rather than the 22.5:18 aspect ratio of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3.

Last week, a new Google smartphone was spotted on Geekbench with an octa-core processor with two performance cores clocked at 2.8GHz, two cores at 2.25GHz and four efficiency cores at 1.8GHz. The device, codenamed “Pipit”, has a Geekbench 4 single-core score of 4,811 points and a multi-core score of 11,349 points. These scores are similar to the Pixel 6, which has the company’s Tensor processor.

Previously, the company was rumored to be working on a foldable smartphone in November 2021, when references to a smartphone codenamed “Pipit” were made public. identified in the Google Camera APK. The 12.2-megapixel IMX363 camera sensor suggests it may feature an older camera setup, unlike the newer GN1 sensors that were used in the Pixel 6 series released last year.

As mentioned earlier, Google has yet to reveal details of a folding device in the works, and the new animations seen in the Android 12L beta may also be removed in a future release, according to the report.

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